Asian Languages & Cultures (ALC) e-News 
26 January 2021
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Table of Contents
  1. Language Programs & Funding
  2. ALC Events
  3. Spring Language Table Information
  4. Info from Student Organizations
  5. Campus News, Events & Resources
  6. Undergraduate News & Opportunities
  7. Graduate Student News
  8. Job Posting
  9. Advising Available
  10. Apply to Graduate
Language Programs & Funding
Funding for Foreign Language Study!
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) awards

Students are invited to join any of our upcoming online information sessions to learn more about Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) awards for the study of critical and less commonly taught languages at UW-Madison.

FLAS fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the UW's area & international studies centers to assist students in acquiring foreign language proficiency.

Summer awards offer up to $7,500 in tuition and stipend support for both undergraduate and graduate students; academic awards offer up to $15,000/year in tuition & stipend funding for undergrads and $15k stipend + full tuition for graduate students!

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The application deadline is February 15, 2021.

For a full list of languages supported by FLAS, further details on eligibility, an FAQs page, and the online application please visit: - the application itself will open shortly

Details on the information sessions can be found @; all sessions will be streamed day-of @

Complete information on FLAS awards, eligibility, information sessions, and the application itself is available online at:

Interested in learning a South Asian Language this Summer, but need funding to do so? 

Look no further than SASLI 2021! SASLI, based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is an eight-week intensive summer language program, offering courses in the following languages: Bengali, Dari, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tamil, Tibetan, and Urdu.

Program Dates: June 14 - August 6
Application Deadline: April 1, 2021
Apply Online:

For the 2021 Program, SASLI is proud to offer several funding opportunities to eligible applicants covering partial to full tuition costs.   

These opportunities include: 

  • $1000 Fee Remission
    • The application deadline is April 1, 2021.
  • 2. SASLI Half and Full Fee Remission
  • 3. SASLI FLAS Fellowships 
    • The deadline to apply is February 15, 2021. The application will open soon. 
  • 4. WISLI Tuition Scholarship 

More information on these awards, how to apply, who is eligible, and more, can be found here:

Please direct any questions to

ALC Events
Have you been feeling lately like it's hard to get involved? Hard to connect with your peers? Hard to find leadership opportunities in your major? Asian Languages and Council undergraduate council is an inclusive and welcoming space where you can get involved with our departments team! We value your ideas, perspectives, and feedback! We encourage you to engage with us and help us make this the best ALC department we can possibly be! Join us for an informal chat with students across programs and language interests.

Tuesday, Feb 9th at 11 am CST

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 994 1231 7617
Passcode: 678752
2021 Asian Studies Student Symposium
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 5-6:30 pm
via Zoom

We welcome advanced undergraduate students in the Asian Languages & Cultures, Chinese or Japanese major; Chinese or Japanese Professional Communication certificate programs; and dedicated students in our Asian language courses to share their experiences in our virtual showcase! Talk to your faculty, instructor, or advisors in ALC about what YOU could do to exhibit and show off your skills and knowledge in our ALC annual spring event!

Deadline to participate: March 5th by email to

Spring Language Table Information
Info from Student Organizations
Campus News, Events & Resources
December 2020 Center for South Asia Newsletter now online
We are so proud of the many accomplishments of our students, staff, and faculty amidst what has proven to be an extraordinarily challenging year. Learn what the Center and wider UW South Asia community accomplished in 2020!
Are you fac/staff looking to find friends and peers? 
Are you a student looking for mentors, connections, and other folks to support you across campus? 

Check out the new and growing OutPages directory! NetID protected, OutPages seeks to foster professional relationships and mentoring opportunities through engaging LGBTQ+ faculty and staff in the creation of searchable profiles. Until this time there has been no online platform for LGBTQ+ campus members to find one another and connect.  

Make your profile or search fac/staff today! 

The River Grew Tired of Us: Spectral Flows of Potency Along the Mekong River
Dr. Andrew Alan Johnson
University of California - Berkeley
January 29, 2021
Noon – 1:30 P.M.

Online presentation followed by Q&A

Along the Mekong, where it creates the border between Thailand and Laos, hydropower projects have triggered a transformation. Strange floods and ebbs disrupt fish migrations, undercut riverbanks, and sweep away nets. Facing this new landscape, fishermen on the Mekong seek out new, hidden sources of potency that have revealed themselves at the same time as other powers fade in importance. Via an ethnographic study of Mekong 'river beings,' this article addresses a reconfiguration of sources of power on the river away from the proximate and material, and towards the inaccessible, distant and spectral. 

Join via Zoom
Meeting ID: 988 4639 7545
Undergraduate News & Opportunities

The applications for 2020-2021 College of Letters & Science Continuing Students Scholarships are currently open for application. There are two L&S continuing student applications – one for currently enrolled First Year Students who enrolled fall/summer 2020 and another for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors (who will be enrolled fall 2021).

The application due date is Monday, February 15, 2021.

Students can visit the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) for application information.  

Virtual Student Informational Sessions for important information about this opportunity – and other L&S scholarship opportunities will be held on Thursday, February 4, 2021, 5:00-6:00 PM

Content provided in the sessions includes: using WiSH (Wisconsin Scholarship Hub), scholarship opportunities, eligibilities and L&S criteria, tips for success, questions & answers and timeline(s).

Additional information about College of Letters & Science Scholarships is available at: For questions about the application and award process, please email Note: Student financial aid packages can be impacted by scholarship awards. Students are recommended to contact the financial aid office to learn about potential impact on current aid packages at

The Wisconsin School of Business application will open on March 3rd at 8am CT and close March 17th at 4pm CT. We encourage you to participate in the upcoming events to help you become a more competitive applicant.  

  • Pre-Business 102: Résumé Writing - Learn how to create a polished, professional, one-page résumé. Click here to watch the asynchronous presentation
  • Pre-Business 103: Essay Writing - Examine guidelines and expectations for the WSB essay. Click here to register for a live, virtual workshop hosted by the writing center. Select from one of the following options: 
    • Wed, Feb 3 - 5:30 - 7pm CT 
    • Tues, Feb 9 - 5:30 - 7pm CT 
    • Thurs, Feb 11 - 5:30 - 7pm CT 
    • Tues, Feb 16 - 5:30 - 7pm CT  
  • Résumé Review Week - Get your résumé reviewed by a WSB staff member prior to submitting it as part of your application. Registration will open on Feb 15th! 

For more information on these events, visit the Pre-Business Experience Course in Canvas.

IIP will have virtual events this spring! Attend to learn more about virtual and in-person internship opportunities.

Intern Abroad!
Wednesday Feb. 3, 12:00 - 1:00pm
Monday Feb. 8, 5:00 - 6:00pm

Internships in Communications
Thursday Feb. 5, 5:30 - 6:30pm

Engineering Career Fair
Tuesday Feb. 9, 2:00 - 7:00pm

Intern & Teach Abroad
Part of the Public Service Fair
Monday Feb. 15, 4:30 - 5:00pm

Visit the Events page for more information.

Spring 2021 Virtual Career Fairs for all majors are just around the corner, taking place February 10 – 25. There are many great opportunities for students to meet online with employers to find full-time jobs and internships in a variety of interest areas and roles, or to ask questions and learn more about employers and career options.

These fairs will again be held on the Handshake virtual fairs platform, so students will need to activate their Handshake accounts to participate.

Students, faculty/staff, and employers can learn more about the Spring 2021 Virtual Career Fairs at

Here are a few important notes regarding these upcoming fairs:

  • Open to ALL enrolled UW-Madison students, plus recent alumni who graduated within the past two years
  • Students can sign up to meet with employers in group or 1:1 sessions
  • Students must register for fairs on Handshake to view available sessions (check each fair for registration dates)
  • Resources to help students prepare for the fairs, including Mock Career Fair events, are available here

A full listing of virtual fairs on Handshake can be viewed here.

Virtual International Internships
Spring and Summer 2021

Develop your language skills and build up your resume while earning course credit (fall, spring and summer positions).

Some paid opportunities and many scholarships available!

LEAP is excited to announce that applications for the 2021 LEAP Emerge: Summer Internship Program are open!

LEAP Emerge is an eight-week paid summer internship program designed to develop emerging young leaders by providing college students with practical leadership skills and the opportunity to work virtually in a community-based organization serving the Asian and Pacific Islander Community.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, LEAP has made the decision to move the Emerge 2021 Program to a virtual platform. The internship component will also be held virtually where interns will have the opportunity to work with a community-based organization serving the Asian and Pacific Islander community virtually 4 hours for 4 days per week. This program will continue to run for 8 weeks from June 14 - August 6, 2021. 4 hours per day from Mondays - Thursdays, starting June 22, 2020 to August 6, 2020.

Interns will be compensated at an hourly rate of $15 per hour.

Looking for a valuable way to use your language skills outside of the classroom? Be a language tutor through Badger Volunteers. Opportunities are available for: Korean, Japanese, Arabic, French, Spanish, Italian, and Russian. 

Registration opens on Tuesday, January 26. Orientation for tutoring will take place February 1-5 and the program duration is February 8-April 23, 2021. 

Go to the Badger Volunteers dashboard to register. 

Sustainability Internships

The Office of Sustainability Internship is a year-long program in which student teams work to raise awareness of sustainable practices, influence consumer behavior, and train partners across campus in individualized strategies for implementation. Interns work closely with campus offices, departments, and auxiliary units like University Housing or the Wisconsin Union. Students can expect to gain concrete knowledge of sustainability solutions as well as professional development training in an upbeat, collaborative environment. The student intern program is open to any undergraduate who is passionate about sustainability, regardless of major.

For more information about our Office of Sustainability, please visit Questions regarding the student intern program should be directed to Jason Gallup at

Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, February 7th, 2021, and interviews will be set up for selected candidates during the first two weeks in March.

The SuccessWorks Spring Career Jumpstart includes new virtual programs, services, and events for Letters & Science students to move their career goals forward by building on academic and personal interests. Program highlights include group advising sessions in specific fields of interest, a series of informal networking chats with alumni professionals called Taste of Success, SuccessWorks career fair support plus Mock Career Fairs, industry-specific Mock Interviews and Virtual Treks with employers, and a variety of other great opportunities. For L&S students who want one-on-one support, we offer 30 minute appointments with any of our career & internship specialists or general advising with our graduate interns, as well as 15 minute same day advising for quick questions. All appointments can be made here.

Students are encouraged to explore their interests and view upcoming relevant events on our Career Community pages below:

What sparks your interest?

A full listing of upcoming SuccessWorks events can be viewed on our events page.

Graduate Student News

 Professional Development for Graduate Students January 2021  

Winter Professional Development Challenge 

January 1–31, 2021 (Online) 

Complete at least five activities in January to earn a limited-edition long sleeve t-shirt while investing in yourself at the same time! Professional development activities on a variety of topics are listed on the Winter Professional Development Challenge webpage.  

Register now to receive weekly emails: 

Graduate Student Interest Groups 

Starting January 11, the Office of Professional Development will be offering opportunities for students to meet other graduate students and share their interest in a particular topic, or just have time to work together.  

Please register using the links below to receive reminders and more information about group meetings

Work-Life Integration and Priority Management 4:00 PM (30-minute meetings, Online), Monday every other week, starting Jan. 11 

Prelim Preparation 4:00 PM (30-minute meetings, Online), Tuesday every other week, starting Jan. 12 

Job Market Preparation 4:00 PM (30-minute meetings, Online), Wednesday every other week, starting Jan. 13 

Virtual Coworking Space (Virtual Coffee Shop) 4:00 PM (1-hour meetings, Online), Thursday every week, starting Jan. 14 

Understanding and Overcoming Procrastination 

Thursday, January 28, 5:30–6:30 PM CST (Online) 

The goal for this workshop for graduate students, presented by James Gresh, M.S., UHS, will be to better understand why we procrastinate and to explore strategies to overcome our procrastination tendencies.  

Register here:

Successful Online Learning 

Asynchronous/On-Demand (Online) 

Explore strategies to prepare to learn remotely, engage in your courses, and maximize your time. This module is for grad students taking their first online courses or those looking for some new resources on online learning. Enroll in the Successful Online Learning Canvas course at any time: 


Why Capable Students Suffer from Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It  

Tuesday, February 2, 11:00 AM–1:00 PM CST (Online) 

Millions of people around the world—from executives to graduate students and their professors to Academy Award winners—secretly worry they’re not as bright and capable as other people “think” they are. Join us for an interactive presentation led by speaker and author Dr. Valerie Young. 

Register here: 

3MT® Finals
Wednesday, February 3, 6:00–7:00 PM CST (Online)
Three Minute Thesis® or 3MT® is an international competition in which graduate students explain their research to a general audience in three minutes or less. Over 60 UW–Madison graduate students registered to compete in the first virtual 3MT® competition, with 39 advancing to the semifinals. Our panel of research communication experts reviewed the videos and selected the top 9 competitors to advance to the 3MT® Finals where they will compete for cash prizes and a chance to represent UW–Madison at the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) regional 3MT® competition. Join us to watch the finalist presentations, hear from the competitors, vote on the People's Choice award, and see the winners announced! Register to receive a link and reminder email before the competition: 

Please see the Graduate School Events Calendar for a campus-wide list of professional development events for graduate students:   

Database of External Funding Opportunities

The Graduate School has launched a new, searchable database of external funding opportunities for graduate students to help you find funding opportunities from external federal agencies, professional organizations, and private foundations. The database contains dozens of fellowships, many of which UW–Madison graduate students have received in past years. You can search for specific fellowships, filter results by disciplinary division or demographics, or browse the database to discover new opportunities. Explore the fellowships database here.

If you have any questions about external funding opportunities, please contact our Fellowship Officer, Nathaniel Haack, at

The University of Iowa World Languages Graduate Organization would like to invite graduate, post-graduate, and professional students in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures to participate in the 2021 WLGO Graduate Conference, "Alterity, Margins, and Resistance". The conference will take place on SaturdayApril 10th 2021 and will be held virtually.

Attached is a call for papers, which welcomes students to submit abstracts of up to 250 words, for individual as well as panel presentations. The deadline for proposals is 5 p.m, Monday, March 8th, 2021.

Paper Proposal Deadline: Monday, March 8th, 2021, 5 p.m.
Date of Conference: Saturday, April 10th, 2021, 9 a.m.

Job Posting


Applications for language instructors for APTLI 2021 are now open!

We’re looking for instructors who can teach beginning to advanced levels of Arabic, Persian, and Turkish. 

Find the job description and application portal here: Applications close February 8, 2021 at 11:55 p.m. Central Standard Time. 

For more information about APTLI, visit our website: 

American Councils for International Education is hiring short-term Resident Directors for summer language immersion programs abroad for American high school and college students studying one of 15 critical languages including: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. 
Resident Directors must be proficient in the target language and typically have experience studying, working, or traveling in the host country. They are responsible for promoting student success by ensuring the health and safety of program participants, helping them to maintain a language policy, and assisting them in acclimating to life in the host country. In-country partner institutes are responsible for administering the academic curriculum. Therefore, the Resident Director position is a non-teaching position. 
A full list of available Resident Director positions is available at

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled. 
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